Friday on "LIVE! with Kelly," host Kelly Ripa and guest co-host Nick Lachey announced that actress and author Marilu Henner is the winner of "LIVE's" summer-long "Grilling with the Stars" competition, and the recipient of the coveted Golden Grill trophy, plus $25,000 for her charity of choice, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Since "Grilling with the Stars" kicked off in May, celebrity contestants including Lou Diamond Phillips, Kristen Johnston and Carla Gugino have appeared on "LIVE" and shared their favorite summer recipes. Viewers went online to the "LIVE" website, www.livewithkelly.tv, and voted on which recipes they liked best. On Monday, July 30, "LIVE" announced R&B artist Ashanti and Henner as the top two finalists based on the highest number of votes. Viewers were then asked to vote again for the overall winner.
Henner joined Kelly and Nick via Skype Friday morning when she was announced the winner, and exclaimed, "This is so great. ... This is the kind of dish you can eat whether you eat meat or you don't, or you're vegan, or anything - anybody can eat this." With regard to her charity, Henner noted "They're such a wonderful organization and they really teach people how to use the best of all disciplines that are available to them, and really teach them how to eat healthy no matter what they're going through - diabetes, cancer, heart conditions - whatever."
The runner-up did not go away empty-handed. Ashanti will receive a $5,000 check for her charity, The Boys and Girls Club of America.
"LIVE" partnered with Plastics Make it Possible on this summer contest, and when viewers participated in "Rate the Recipe" online, they also had the option to enter a sweepstakes. One lucky person each week won a cash prize, and a Plastics Make it Possible "Summer Fun" package.
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